Disclaimer: this weeks #truthfulthursday is one I’m a little (okay a lot) passionate about.
.....WE NEED MORE REALNESS IN THIS WORLD!! We need to stop believing the lie that perfection is a beautiful thing. We need more authenticity. More people to say, look I screwed up & it’s okay. Everything is still alright. Jesus already handled that for us on the cross✨
None of us have it all together and the more that we create this illusion that our lives are perfect, the more that we’re encouraging others to do the same. It’s exhausting! Not to mention a negative life lesson we’re teaching our younger generation. 
I don’t want to teach my daughter that the appearance of having it all together is important. I want to teach her that vulnerability is a strength, your weaknesses can be made strong, your mistakes can be used for good, and there is power and freedom in admitting that sometimes you just messed up🤷🏼‍♀️ I am loving this line in the new song “See A Victory” by @elevationworship .... “You take what the enemy meant for evil and you turn it for good” 👏🏻 Strive to do better, yes! but be okay with acknowledging that you’re human and some days we just don’t get it right. Say it out loud, share it with others, and encourage others to do the same. Your vulnerability can be a gift to those around you!
This is the power of community and healthy living. I truly believe this world of comparison and constant striving for more would come to a halt and people would have more confidence in who they are, when they’re strong & when they’re not🖤 life ain’t perfect. keep it real y’all! 
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Disclaimer: this weeks #truthfulthursday is...

Repeats🖤 $10 tube top, under $50 high waisted jeans (fit TTS), this headband comes in a pack of three for $15, $12 ear crawlers (earrings ;) & this black faux leather coat is GOOD & on sale (also fits TTS) All details linked in my bio🖤 http://liketk.it/2F3x5 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50

Repeats🖤 $10 tube top, under...

Find someone who lets you be you & doesn’t try to change you. Who trusts you, runs with your crazy ideas, and even pushes those ideas further. Someone who loves you when your broken and sees the greatness within you. Someone who pushes you in life but also let’s you be when you just ain’t feeling it. Someone who loves past the “feeling” of love. Someone you will fight with only to turn around and love them even more the next day. Someone you can look back and say, I’m so glad we fought for that. 
This is so cheesy but I 100% believe this is my husband. Thanks for being my person boo😘

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Find someone who lets you...

Comfy cozies😍✨ & @walmart from head to toe! The quality of this sweat suit is honestly amazing too! & only $40 total for both. I’m wearing a Small in both top & bottom (fits TTS). Shop it at the link in my bio⭐️✨ #ad #WalmartFashion #WeDressAmerica http://liketk.it/2EZzc @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKfit

Comfy cozies😍✨ & @walmart from...

#sundayswiththecoles 💕 Back at our weekly wall and we had a great Sunday at church & then out to eat with our family. AND a Forty Niners win! This is rare for us guys... let me celebrate ;)❤️💛❤️✨
Outfit details linked- my bodysuit comes in a few colors and is only $35, I sized up to a US 8. Jeans are on sale for under $100 (size up). Exact belt is linked too. Click the link in my bio 
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#sundayswiththecoles 💕 Back at our...

Date night?? Wedding?? New Years😜✨?? I loooooove this dress & these new white booties too! Both fit TTS. As always, you can shop all of my looks at the link in my bio or by following me on the (free) @liketoknow.it app - search/follow Ellabrooksblog🖤
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Date night?? Wedding?? New Years😜✨??...

Home sweet home (almost) 🖤 We had the best week at @azulbeachresorts in Riviera Maya. But nothing beats picking up Ollie🐶 & sleeping in our own beds👨🏻👩🏼👧🏼👦🏼👦🏼
Ps- my bikini is on sale and I just found my favorite self tanner on sale as well. Also my sunnies are only $11! It’s all linked in my bio!
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Home sweet home (almost) 🖤...

My boys don’t wanna be in pictures ;) & this girl has her poses down💁🏼‍♀️ @azulbeachresorts 
If you’re new around here, I do something called #truthfulthursdays every Thursday where I spill something that’s on my heart or mind. A little real life, behind the scenes, or just some real talk to this sometimes perfectly pictured space on the internet. 
So here it is... it piggy backs exactly what I mentioned above. Real life. There’s really no way to ever truly see what’s happening in real life behind these squares. I can preach real life all day long & share my heart out but the reality is, it just ain’t possible. This goes for everyone. Which brings me to this... kindness. It goes farther than you think. I love this quote I read on Pinterest... “If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each one of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, & care”  Strangely I’ve learned that while being kind benefits those around us, it also brings more joy to MY life. Have you ever noticed that?? Giving to others will always give right back to you. Everyone wins. Be kind, for everyone is facing a battle you know nothing about💕 http://liketk.it/2ESXj @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder100 #LTKunder50 #LTKtravel

My boys don’t wanna be...

You guys LOVED this coat and I’m happy to report that it’s back in stock (fully stocked) and 40% off! It runs big so I’d recommend sizing down💕 Wearing a size 2. Shop all outfit details at the link in my bio 
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You guys LOVED this coat...

🌴🌴🌴 My swimsuit is on sale for under $30 and can double as a bodysuit💯 Pants are from @zara and can’t be linked unfortunately http://liketk.it/2ERco @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKswim #LTKsalealert #LTKunder50

🌴🌴🌴 My swimsuit is on...

How to Successfully take Pictures with Kids

Today’s post covers a question I get quite frequently. How do you get such great pictures of your kids? How do you capture all of your kids smiling? etc. – it’s definitely no small task and we aren’t successful every time, however there are a few tricks we use that help us capture those perfect moments. As always, kids will be kids, and there really is no way of guaranteeing you’ll get what took you all day to prep for, set up, and/or pray for 😉 ha! If you are a parent, you know exactly what I’m talking about. BUT, hopefully these tips will help you feel like you succeeded at the end of the day!

 

  1. I think this is the most important thing to remember and it might contradict your thoughts, but don’t go for the perfect picture. Bring your expectations down. Sometimes the most perfect pictures are the ones that aren’t so perfect. A picture of one of your kids crying, making a silly face or gesture that is specific to them, whatever it is- these are the very things that make a picture perfect in my opinion because it captures them just as they are. It tells a story. While a picture of all three of my kids smiling is a keeper, the imperfect ones seem to be my favorite. It’s what perfectly depicts them and brings out so much in a picture. The perfectly posed ones are just that, a little too posed in my opinion. Run with the crazy and capture it! After all, that is true life with kids.
  2. Take a lot of pictures. I mean, A LOT. See all of the “perfect” pictures we captured below? We took  close to 400 pictures to get these. You want to take a lot and all at once. This doesn’t just pertain to taking pictures of kids but if you’re a fashion blogger or do something similar to me, this is a great rule to go by! Take a lot of pictures all at once. You will end up with 100 pictures looking almost the same, but there will be a few in there that will be the keepers, and that’s how you’ll get them.
  3. Give your kids a prop. Do they have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal? Chances are your kid will react a lot better in these types of situation when they feel comforted or more at ease. I also love the personal touch this adds. Again, it’s the little things captured that really make the picture perfect. If all else fails, hand out the lollipops! They work like a charm almost every time for us and again they add a personal touch/story to the picture.
  4. Bribery. While this falls along the lines of giving them lollipops, you can always let them know that if they decide to behave well during pictures, they will be rewarded with some type of treat… candy, ice cream, a trip to the park. Whatever works!
  5. Accessories. Pile on the accessories. Like these rain boots Brooklyn has on below, a beanie, a tutu, lipstick for girls,  a big bow, something fun that pops and catches your eye. All of these things will add the “wow” factor.
  6. Be silly. Make faces in the back (that’s how we captured some of the pictures below) or jump up and down and act like a crazy person. Seriously, it works 🙂 Try it!
  7. Interact with your kids. If you’re taking pictures with them, don’t just tell them to stand there and smile. That’s going to actually make them throw a fit, cry, or frown guaranteed 😉 Get down on their level, throw them in the air, play ring around the rosy, do whatever you have to do to get their mind off of the fact that they’re taking pictures. This will help tremendously! Get them in the “play” state and you’ll probably capture some great shots.
  8. Try to take pictures more often. No doubt my kids have their “bad” days where they don’t want to smile or just simply take a picture. But because we do it so often, they probably act better than the average kid taking a picture. It’s become more normal for them. Again, have fun with taking pictures and try to portray it in a fun way, this way they don’t roll their eyes or instantly cop an attitude the moment they see you pulling out your phone or camera.

 

I posted a few teasers of my kiddos outfits & so many of you DM’ed me asking where everything was from. We partnered with Gymboree to show you guys some of their new Fall styles for baby/kids. Honestly, I am majorly impressed! They have stepped up their game big time and I had trouble narrowing down which outfits to pick for this post because there were so many cute things to choose from. I love that they have a variety of options that you can mix and match. They have a ton of bright, fun, and color options along with more neutrals/basics for matching. While my kiddos wear uniforms to school, these would be great pieces to shop from for those whose kids can wear anything to school. Cute, trendy, and great quality too.

Ella’s Outfit: Sweatshirt | leggings | boots

Brooklyn’s Outfit: Henley | jacket | jeans | rain boots

Judes Outfit: Henley | pants | boots

Ella loved her leggings so much I think we’re going to order a few more pairs. She’s very particular when it comes to her clothing being comfy and just the right fit. And how stinking cute is her pom pom sweatshirt? Obsessed! And it’s currently on major sale! In fact, everything is! Such a great time to stock up on Fall/Winter finds. I just ordered a few pajamas from there because their patterns are SO cute and we were in need!

They’ve also come out with the new and free Made You Smile app which allows you to enter to win prizes. Every time you shop in store, you’re guaranteed to win a prize! Find out more at gymboree.com/surprize-surprize-details

 

Thank you Gymboree for sponsoring this post. All opinions are completely my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO
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